How to Feed Your Lawn

Grass is durable. Taking your lawn for granted is easy when you have your gardens and flower beds to focus on. But ignoring your lawn will cause them to turn brown, thin, and grow more weeds. Your lawn needs access to the nutrients it’s craving and watering it is not always enough.

What does grass eat?

Grass feeds off of nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K). It’s important to choose a lawn fertilizer that has a mix of 16% N, 4% P, and 8% K. Most general purpose fertilizers have an even mix and that’s not what satisfies your lawns hunger.

When and how much should I feed it?

Here in the Midwest, our grasses grow best during spring and fall so your lawn needs more food before summer and winter. During the spring, apply fertilizer two or three times, about six weeks a part. Winter is harsh on grass, so fall is even more important. Between late August to mid-October, apply about one pound per 1,000 square feet every month. In mid-fall increase your fertilizing schedule to every three weeks and use about a half pound per 1,000 square feet.

How do I apply fertilizer?

At Clean Cut Lawn & Landscaping we suggest using a dry fertilizer. This will make it easier to spread evenly compared to liquid fertilizers. If you wear gloves, you can toss it out by hand or use a drop or broadcast spreader. Using the appropriate equipment is the best way to spread your fertilizer evenly so growth stay consistent across your lawn.

In our recommended year-round maintenance schedule will help your grass stay healthy, happy, and full.

Contact us to learn more about how to get to your perfect lawn.


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